Every young adult who is preparing for college should be mindful of the issue of diploma mills. This problem was started many years ago by a 58-year-old woman and two members of her family. The organization sold counterfeit college degrees of different universities. Therefore, to protect themselves from this problem student should always get degrees from institutions that have both regional and professional accreditation in their chosen field of study.

A school which has passed both regional and professional accreditations means it has passed a meticulous evaluation by professionals in the field. Here are some of the common professional accrediting groups are:

Business – One of the main governing bodies for business schools is the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Fortunately, most of the major Virginia universities follow the standards laid down by the AACSB. To check the accreditation of a university just log on to AACSB web site.

Nursing – The nursing programs all through the United States is evaluated by the National League for Nursing Accreditation. The organization nationally recognized for its postsecondary and
higher degree nursing programs.

Public Administration – There are very few colleges in Virginia, which been approved by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration for its public administration courses.

Liberal Arts – Most of the major public universities throughout Virginia has been accredited to the American Academy for Liberal Education.

Applied Science – One of the main organizations recognized for college and university programs in applied science is the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Architecture - The National Architectural Accrediting Board is the official accreditation organization in Virginia.

Education - The professional accrediting organization for schools, colleges, and departments of education in the United States is the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The council has over 30 organizations representing teachers, policymakers, and the public.

Online Programs – Students planning to pursue an online degree should be aware of the accrediting organizations. At times, online schools have regional accreditation, but they fail to get the professional accreditation because exams are open-book and unproctored.